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Being as I have my degree in Business Administration and I am greatly intrigued by Leadership as well as Marketing and Training, most of my recommendations will fall into those categories (also because that is mostly the genre I read).  Forgive me, I do not intend to provide links to the books for sale on Amazon.com.  However, I’m sure the title and author will suffice.

Also, PLEASE feel free to recommend books!  Just make a comment with the book, and a 2-4 sentence description, or even just a link to where we can all get a description.  I do warn, that I will reserve the right to post books in the page itself to those books I have had the chance to read.

A MUST HAVE for all transitioning Military Veterans, it gets its own category:

Networking for Veterans by Michael L Faulkner, Andrea Nierenberg, and Michael Abrams

– Additional information available at: http://www.networkingforvets.com/

Self-Help / Psychology / Consumer Behavior

– Why Good People Make Bad Choices by Charles Lawrence Allen
*It has come to my attention, thanks to a helpful reader, that in April 2017, Charles Allen was arrested for sexual misconduct with one of his patients.  Allen’s obituary can be found and states his death the following month, of which I have been told was by suicide.  These egregious, alleged actions by Allen may call into question the validity of his work – or, rather darkly, may cement his theories to be more true that imagined.  In an attempt to inform, not endorse, condone or revise history – as of today (11/21/2017) I will leave his book information here – and leave the conclusions to the readers.

The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker

Fear Less by Gavin DeBecker

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

– David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

– The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

– Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert (I love the “blind-spot” exercise and comparison of objective v. subjective perception)

– On Combat by Dave Grossman

The Game by Sarano Kelley

 – What Every BODY is Saying by Joe Navarro

 – The Definitive Book of Body Language by Allan Pease & Barbara Pease

Business Theory / Leadership

– Free Marketing by Jim Cockrum

Good To Great by Jim Collins

Great by Choice by Jim Collins

– 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

– The 3rd Alternative by Stephen R. Covey

– ReWork by Jason Fried and David H. Hansson

– Made to Stick by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

– The Experience Effect by Jim Joseph

– The Experience Effect For Small Businesses by Jim Joseph

The Personal Experience Effect by Jim Joseph

Level 5 Leadership by John C. Maxwell

Taking People With You by David Novak

 

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4 Comments

  1. “God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours” By: Regina Brett

    Can be found at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.com. Although there are religious references in the book by the author, it is by no means a religious book.

  2. “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts” By: Gary D. Chapman

    http://www.amazon.com/Love-Languages-Secret-That-Lasts/dp/0802473156/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328625090&sr=1-1

  3. You talk about how smart Charles Lawrence Allen was and recommend his book why good people make bad choices. Charles sexually assaulted his therapy clients. He was arrested and he ultimately committed suicide because he was going to prison. I would not say he had Integrity at all. He was a fraud.

    https://www.google.com/amp/wfla.com/2017/04/05/brandon-therapist-arrested-for-sexual-misconduct-with-client/amp/

    • Thank you for pointing that out. While I’d agree with you – given this new information coming out just this year; years after my pointing out hits works, I will likely take it down, or perhaps add a note.

      While it may not be a truth many would want to admit to, I’d like to point out a couple of flaws on your argument. I think if you are advocating for victims, you’ll have continued and greater success if you adjust your approach slightly. Your message to me, almost sounds accusatory. Still, I appreciate you bringing this to my attention – as it looks like the charges/arrest happened in April and his death in May (both well after any of the mentions on this site).

      1. Your comment suggests I knew this (clearly I hadn’t given chronology). A more facilitating language would help that message be delivered.
      2. I never stated him to have integrity himself (at least I don’t think so, but I will review all postings) – just that his book highlights a different definition of “integrity”. I’m not sure which definition you are referring to, but you are right – in either definition (truthfulness, or truancy in behavior) you are probably correct. Perhaps double checking how you reference a citation would help ensure you are making an objective argument that is not clouded. I did not argue he personally has/had integrity, but what the thesis of the book suggested supports integrity.
      3. Lastly – his actions, don’t constitute his works to be invalid. Scarred? yes. Tainted? yes. But that is an age old fallacy in reasoning to assume his book or its principals are not accurate or true because he did something bad (sort of a reverse halo-effect; I can’t think of the greek/latin formal term for it). In fact, if you look at the title of his book, and actually read it – you may find that his alleged activities support the theory of his book: One, that he may have been either a good person making bad choices, or; a bad person capable of good choices. Even more so, the scenario supports his argument that a lack of integrity in decision and behavior causes imbalance and anxiety (hence, suicide).

      If given true – his actions are deplorable; of which I’d never advocate. At the same – I’m not sure it takes away from, if not adding to, the works of his book.

      I really do appreciate you updating me. I will be sure to review all of lifebydamien.com for any and all mentions of references to his work for appropriate editing (I’ll need at least until the end of the weekend to get through it). In fact, I believe I may need to do that on more than one channel – I believe I’ve referenced his theories in marketing contexts as well.

      Best,
      Damien


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